Recovered remains of Korean War soldier to be buried at Arlington
By STARS AND STARS Published: October 6, 2011
SEOUL — The recovered remains of a Korean War soldier were to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery during a ceremony Thursday.
Army Cpl. Edward M. Pedregon of El Paso, Texas, was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, after his Heavy Mortar Company of the 31st Regimental Combat Team was overrun by Chinese forces near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, according to a Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office release.
Following an exchange of prisoners of war by both sides in 1953, Pedregon was declared dead when there was no additional information about his fate.
In 2004, a joint U.S.-Korean People’s Army team excavated several sites in the Chosin Reservoir area and recovered the remains of at least nine individuals and military equipment. The location of the remains corresponded to the positions temporarily held by elements of Task Force Faith in late November 1950, according to the release.
Dental records and DNA from Pedregon’s mother and brother helped determine that his remains were among those found.